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Côte de Beaune

The Côte de Beaune, the southern half of Burgundy’s prestigious Côte d’Or region, is renowned for its extraordinary white wines made from Chardonnay. These white Burgundies offer depth, complexity and creaminess on the palate and lovely acidity with apple, orange and tropical fruit flavors heightened by oak influence.

There are 20 village appellations within the Côte de Beaune: Aloxe-Corton, Auxey-Duresses, Beaune, Blagny, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chorey-les-Beaune, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Beaune-Villages, Ladoix, Maranges, Meursault, Monthélie, Pernand-Vergelesses, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Saint-Romain, Santenay, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Volnay. Many notable vineyards carry the designation Grand or Premier Cru.

Near the town of Beaune, the appellations of Pommard and Volnay produce excellent Pinot Noirs. Pommard is known for its full-bodied, rich and concentrated Pinot Noir, while Volnay is famous for producing elegant reds with finesse and softer tannins.

Côte de Beaune contains two district appellations. The first is Côte de Beaune-Villages. These wines must be red and can come from one or more village appellations of the Côte except Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Volnay. The other is Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Beaune. It includes more than 20 villages producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Much of the harvest is vinified at a cooperative cellar in Beaune.

Pronunciation

[COAT duh BOHN]

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